Art historian and publisher Tom Thompson was first introduced to Donald Friend’s Hillendiana as a 12 year old. Since then, Tom has been fascinated by Hill End, its artists, and the life and legacy of 19th century photographer Bernard Holtermann. While in Hill End, Thompson will work on a documentary film on the current Hill End experience using original documents and interviews conducted with artists Donald Friend and Jean Bellette in the 1980s.
He will also finalise work on research into Bernard Holtermann’s remarkable role in documenting and promoting Australian life in the late 1800s.
Thompson has enjoyed an illustrious career in many fields including: publishing (Currency Press, Australian Bicentennial Authority, Collins Australia, A&R and Harper Collins ETT Imprint); journalism (Sydney Morning Herald, National Times, the ABC); television production (Photographer: Lewis Morley, shown on the ABC in 2005 and 2006); and has written thirteen books.